SANTA ROSA BEACH — The historic Seaside Post Office remains structurally intact after a near 4-foot drop during its move.
On Aug. 20, the building was moved less than a block away from its original roadside venue on 30A to its new location at 99 Central Square.
Seaside spokeswoman Kerri Parker said the small building did not suffer structural damage during the fall. Seaside hopes to have everything repaired and the Post Office functional again by the end of the month.
“I think it’s going to be great here,” said Pat Day, Seaside's postmaster of almost 33 years. “We did have some structural engineers come in, and structurally we’re pretty good as far as the move and drop went."
However, she said areas around the bottom of the building were rotting and needed to be replaced, along with some floorboards that have endured 35 years of use.
Day said she’s received a lot of mixed feedback, but that most the people who are upset don’t realize the building’s relocation has been in the works since Robert Davis started building the community.
“They’re upset because the Post Office is moved, but you know, it’s been planned like this,” Day said. “The new people coming in, that weren’t here initially, don’t have any idea that it has always been planned for (Krier Tower) to be there, that that (the Post Office) would not be there.”
Parker said that until further plans for Krier Tower are made, the available area alongside the road will be restored, paved and then used in whatever way meshes best with the current merchant set-up.
Day, who said she feels lucky to have been with the Post Office for so long, said the building’s electricity is being rewired underground, the front door is being redone, two side doors are being removed and a back door is being installed.
“If you ever questioned the widespread affection of our beloved Seaside Post Office, we can all agree, its recent move fortified its popularity,” Parker said.